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Shapeways HO Bulk Cement Trailer

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Shapeways HO Bulk Cement Trailer
Posted by willy6 on Saturday, April 20, 2019 12:51 PM

I just received one of these in the mail. It looks great. My plan is to paint it flat gray. Maybe paint the landing gear black. The wheels are molded on to the trailer. I going to install Herpa truck wheels and tires on it. I'm going to cut the wheels off, then drill a .03" (Herpa axle OD) hole through the .09" molded axle and add the wheels and tires. I think will look great and some tail light and mud flap decals.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Saturday, April 20, 2019 3:00 PM

willy6
I just received one of these in the mail. It looks great....

Easy for you to say, willy6, but how about some photos?  Laugh Before the modifications and after would be nice, and even though it's too modern for my layout, I'd be interested in seeing it, as I'm sure would others.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, April 20, 2019 3:38 PM

I've got one coming on Monday, according to USPS tracking.

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Posted by Southgate on Saturday, April 20, 2019 3:56 PM

Like the good doctor, I'd like to see pictures too.

Also would like to know when they first came into use, and what vintage the Shapeways model represents?

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, April 20, 2019 5:17 PM

Here's the prototype for the model I have coming on Monday.

https://www.heiltrailer.com/products/dry-bulk/super-jet-small-cube/1040-jet-pneumatic-standard-duty/

I think the picture is copyright, so there's the link, from the manufacturer.

Once I get the model in my little super anxious hands, I'll post a picture.

The manufacturer's picture will be good for comparison.

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Posted by G Paine on Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:40 PM

mbinsewi
Here's the prototype for the model

The real one will not be as pretty and shiney once it has a few loads of concrete transported. 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, April 21, 2019 6:58 AM

G Paine
The real one will not be as pretty and shiney once it has a few loads of concrete transported. 

Laugh  No it won't!  I'm not going to finish mine like that either, mine will be a gray color, like most cement powder dry bulks are.

Generally, most chromed or stainless trailers like the prototype are used in food grade bulk, like sugars, flour, etc., although they are usually the bigger style tank.

Mine will be the "working man's" truck, hauling cement powder from my tans loading yard from rail cars to points beyond.  Smile, Wink & Grin

Happy Easter, 

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Posted by dknelson on Sunday, April 21, 2019 10:49 AM

Wow ... it would be positively blinding to drive by one of those if it was factory fresh.  And I thought milk trucks were bad.

But that does raise once again the fact that one of the hardest things to capture on a model is a realistic and plausible high gloss finish whether it is vehicles or rolling stock.  There is something that just looks wrong on a high gloss model even though the prototype "real world" has plenty of examples of high gloss finishes out there.  

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, April 22, 2019 1:55 PM

My bulk trailer arrived today,  maybe Will6 and I found the same shop?

As promised, pictures, right out of the box.

Not sure if I'm going to cut wheels loose and replace with different axles and wheels or not,  after all, I'm not getting on my hands and knees and playing trucks!

Reminds of a neat Joe Diffie song!

It will be a static display in the trans loading yard, and it won't be "chrome" either! Laugh

I have to message the guy and see what prep. is needed for the plastic.

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Posted by maxman on Monday, April 22, 2019 2:28 PM

mbinsewi
My bulk trailer arrived today, maybe Will6 and I found the same shop?

So how many arms and legs or first born offspring do those things run?

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, April 22, 2019 3:16 PM

The trailer was $35.11, with the tax, shipping, a total of $43.80.

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Posted by maxman on Monday, April 22, 2019 3:44 PM

mbinsewi
a total of $43.80

Not too bad.  Did it come with an 8-foot bed, and can it make the turn into the drive-in?

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, April 22, 2019 4:56 PM

I've been looking around for a long time.  I'm happy with the price.

Everything else out there, such as off Ebay, is too "European-ish" for me.  Stuff you don't see on the roads here.

Maybe now that I spent over $40., the market will suddenly get flooed with them.  Laugh  It always seems to work that way.

Oh, and yea, it's a tight fit in the Drive-In, but I pull in length wise, take up about 6 or 7 stalls, Mischief

That song is great, "I met all my wives in traffic jams"  Laugh

Waiting to here from Willy6, see if we bought from the same shop, not that it makes any difference.

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Posted by willy6 on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:57 PM

Thats the one I got. Mine was $44.46 with tax and shipping. Mine came from Shapeways.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:39 PM

I think they look great.  Prices sure have changed from a 3 years ago, or more, when I started looking for them.

I used to be amazed at the models that guys have built of these trucks and displayed on the 1:87 web site.

I think I'm going to leave the wheels as they are.  As I said earlier, I won't be "playing trucks", and everything else used in scenes is a static display anyway.  The only thing that moves on most of our lay outs is the trains.

No special prep for painting, unless you want the chrome finish, then it's filling and sanding.

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Posted by richhotrain on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:23 PM

Mike, are the Shapeways products difficult to paint?

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:15 PM

This is my first one, Rich, I'll find out!  I asked the seller, and he said the normal proceedure for painting any model.

There is a slight texture to the tank, so I'll probably do some sanding first, but since I'm just painting this a gray, to match many of the prototypes I see, I shouldn't have to do too much.

Now if I was going to do a chrome finish, it would take more sanding and filling.

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Posted by richhotrain on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:46 PM

Mike you can Google "shapeways plastic" and you will find some tutorials on their various types of plastic models. I am considereing Shapeways for the sheaves on my vertical lift towers.

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:58 PM

I'll have to check it out Rich, thanks.

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Posted by richhotrain on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:08 PM

Mike, here is the link for painting the bulk trailer.

https://www.shapeways.com/tutorials/painting3dprintedsls

Rich

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